Brescia student one of 21 youth nationwide selected to be on Global Vision’s Junior Team Canada

August 2, 2011

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London, ON – Leenat Jilani, a political science student at Brescia University College, is one of 21 youth nationwide selected to be a Canadian Ambassador on Global Vision’s Junior Team Canada. As a Youth Ambassador, Leenat will promote Canada and Brescia in Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia from August 4 to August 19, 2011.

As a member of Global Vision’s Junior Team Canada, Leenat is responsible for representing Canada – as the Canadian government sponsors Global Vision Junior Team Canada – and Brescia University College who is Leenat’s business partner and sponsor. Because the program is supported by the Canadian government, the High Commission, and Canadian Ambassadors, Leenat will have the opportunity to network with high profile government officials and business representatives in the three countries she will be visiting.

Leenat will be joined by a fellow student from The University of Western Ontario community, Connor Lyons. Connor is a 2nd-year political science student at The University of Western Ontario who has recently been accepted into the Ivey School of Business. Connor says, “The idea (of Global Vision’s Junior Team Canada) is for us to get sponsorship from a particular business in our area of interest. In return for that sponsorship, we will represent them. We’ll have to network in the London business community and identify what that Canadian business might be able to provide to Indonesia.” Connor’s three sponsors include, Active Care Management, Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association, and London Economic Development Corporation.

Leenat has big plans to promote Brescia University College and Canada. The Canadian Ambassador for each country she visits will host a dinner in which Junior Team Ambassadors, government officials, and business leaders are invited to attend. It is then Leenat’s responsibility to network and setup meetings with various leaders. It is her intention to promote Brescia University College to prominent scholars, teachers, and Ministers of Education. “As part of the education team I want to promote Brescia at secondary schools and universities, speaking to youth about pursuing an education in ‘the west.’ I just want to let them know that such an awesome school exists,” Leenat contends.

Marianne Simm, Brescia University College’s Registrar, adds, “When Leenat approached us about sponsoring her participation in Global Vision’s Junior Team Canada, I knew she would be a phenomenal Ambassador for both Brescia and Canada. She speaks with poise and conviction and she has a breadth of knowledge about politics. Global Vision is certainly lucky to have her on Junior Team Canada.”

Becoming a Global Vision Junior Team Canada Ambassador required a great deal of ingenuity and tenacity on Leenat’s part.

Earlier this year Leenat received an e-mail asking, “Do you want to be a Global Leader?” Leenat clicked on the link to the Global Junior Team Canada web site and noticed a testimonial from a dear friend and former Global Vision Junior Team Canada Ambassador. Leenat knew this friend had had the opportunity to participate in the G8 and G20 summits. Her interest was peaked.

The e-mail invited Canadian youth to participate in a travelling Global Leaders Centre (GLC) conference hosted at King’s University College. While there she and other inspired youth participated in various leadership activities which she explains were akin to “The Apprentice.” Previous Global Vision Junior Team Canada “graduates” made note of those people who “stood out.” Leenat was one of them.

Leenat was also challenged to “brand herself.” She knew others would use technology to their advantage – creating videos of themselves. In an effort to continue to be noticed Leenat returned to more “traditional” methodologies – writing and recording a poem she wrote of herself.

Leenat’s creativity and enthusiasm enabled her to acquire a coveted spot on Junior Team Canada. She will take the leadership skills she’s developed from Brescia and Global Vision overseas in just a few short days.

Global Vision:  the producer of global leaders since 1991 information: globalvision.ca. Global leaders meet at Myglobalvision.com.

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                      For more information please contact Sheila Blagrave, Director of Communications, Marketing & External Relations, at 519.432.8353, ext. 28293 or sblagrav@uwo.ca.

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